The IFM Combine was a success with over 100 athletes in attendance. It was held at Father Ryan High School. The goal was to get local players exposure. That goal was achieved with plenty of athletes in attendance being thrust upon college coaches' radars. Here are a few highlights:
Alexandro Antoine, Antioch High School, LB, 6'1" 227 lbs
Alexandro is a physical freak and lit up the combine. "Dro" got the buzz going early with blazing 4.53 and 4.52 40 times. He then brought the combine to a complete standstill when he jumped a 40-plus-inch vertical. When the local news media came out, they requested he jump for their cameras and he jumped a 41.5 after going through all his drills. Antoine looked raw but natural at linebacker drills showing he has a bright future in big-time BCS college football. Look for offers to flood in for "Dro" as three SEC schools have made plans to be at his school since hearing about his performance.
Joe Townsend, Hendersonville High School, OL, 6'4" 271 lbs
Joe Townsend surprised many Saturday. He had a fast start with a solid 5.21 40. He showed athletic ability with a 4.62 pro agility and a 30-inch vertical. But where Joe made his mark was in 1 on 1s. Joe dominated and showed a real nasty streak while doing it.
Nick Hill, Pearl Cohn High, WR, 6'3" 191 lbs
Nick Hill showed good athletic ability with a 4.56 40 and a 34-inch vertical. Nick consistently got open in 1 on 1s and 7 on 7s. People saw a different attitude from Nick. He has always been gifted athletically, but he really turned up his intensity.
I'Tavius Mathers, a RB from Blackman High, and TJ Leach, ATH from Centennial, were the most impressive underclassmen.
Mathers ran a 4.49 40 and a 4.37 pro agility. He showed great explosion with a 35-inch vertical. He terrorized backers in 1 on 1 drills and showed great hands out of the backfield.
Leach came out of nowhere and was the biggest surprise of the day. While starting at QB at his school, Leach was a shutdown corner Saturday. While raw on technique, Leach showed great instincts and catch-up speed in 1 on 1s and 7 on 7. Leach got the attention of onlookers with a 4.46 40. Leach looks very similar to a Marcelous Teague type player. Both these athletes are 2012 class members.
RB Prince Iworah (Father Ryan) followed up his winning sectional 10.8 100 meters time Friday night with a 4.41 time Saturday morning. One-time national leading rusher Justin Williams looks healthy from his knee injury with a solid 4.5 40 time.
Two younger standouts were Darrius Chism (brother of Wayne) and Jeff Doss. These two are sure to be national standout recruits in a couple of years. Both ran sub-4.6 40s and competed with the 1s in 7 on 7 at times.